For example in “Destroying Avalon” Avalon had to face the death of her best friend Marshall who took his own life because of being bullied for so many years and not letting anyone to support him through his tough times. “Marshall is dead” was repeated in the book to emphasize the feeling of grief Avalon faced. In “The Colour Purple” death and loss is shown when both Celie’s children are taken away from her at birth and is given the impression that they where killed. Bullying occurs the day you are born by society determining colours, interest and behaviours that suit the type of gender you are. However bullying doesn’t really show it’s self until we go to school, this style of bullying can be verbal, physical or electronic.
The Jungle By Upton Sinclair Naveen Galla Fading of the American Dream Upton Sinclair clearly states how the belief of the American Dream faded away from many immigrants in the early 1900s. In a time where capitalism and greed were at their peak, many people were starving and freezing in the streets. This book depicts the harsh and cruel world of the early 1900’s for immigrants trying to improve their life. Jurgis Rudkis a Lithuanian immigrant comes to America to improve his and his family’s quality of life, however his transition to America is anything but a dream. Jurgis has begged for food, stolen food to survive, worked long hours every day, gone to jail for crimes he did not commit and lost his loved ones.
The Landscape of His Dreams In this selection Oliver sacks is writing about a man who seems to have an obsession with his hometown. Franco grew up in Pontito, Italy and eventually moved to America. The events leading up to the point where he left Pontito were not very pleasant. As a child, Franco was traumatized by the Nazis. In addition to this his father died when he was very young.
Likewise, the hardships Tom had to endure as a child toughened his soul and sharpened his mind. Abandoned by his alcoholic father, Tom lived in “a miserable tworoom tenement” (Anderson 650) with his mom and siblings. The situation went from bad to worse when his mother passed away, leaving her little children uncared for. Tom, who was just 10 years old at that time, forced himself to overcome grief and to hold himself together for the sake of his siblings. He even shoved his father off in the funeral of his mother and worked arduously to fend for his family.
In October, Gerda’s brother Arthur, was forced to leave with a Nazi and all of the other young men in town. Gerda never sees him again, but she got letters from him throughout alot of the war. The situation becomes more and more severe for the Jews, as the Aryan neighbors take advantage of the situation by
When he lost it all through bankruptcy they had to come to American because in Korea bankruptcy was punishable by law to which he could serve jail time if he stayed. This is how Suki and her family lost it all and lived in poverty when she came to America. She talks about how she struggled having to live in the new conditions at the home in Harlem, having to deal with living in a “crammed, ugly place”, and how she found it “humiliating” to have to take their dirty clothes to the Laundromat (McGraw Hill p. 62). This was all a lot to take in going from one extreme to another but another point she made that she struggled with was the language barrier she faced with others that spoke English. Her first playmates were the kids of the people who owned the house she lived in, Billy and Andy, although she hardly considered playmates since they couldn’t understand each other, they were the first kids she interacted with.
My mother had a best friend whose husband was killed in the attacks; apparently he was trapped in the first tower when it collapsed. So, we were visiting that family a lot, and comforting them whenever we could. But what really hit me hard was that this was just one family. After the attacks that day, hundreds and hundreds of people lost loved ones to one of the most brutal and barbaric attacks in human history. I was only in the 2nd grade at the time when the attacks happened, but I still knew how awful it would be to come home from school and find out that one of your parents were killed in a mass murder.
Night a modern day Book of Job In Night, the author Eli Wiesel shares his most personal memories of the Holocaust. Where he experienced directly and during which he lost all of his family and many friends. The occurrence of incomparable evil perpetrated by the Germans against the Jews ruined Eli’s hopefulness and his belief in the natural goodness of human beings. Although he could have held on to that view throughout the remainder of his life, Night ultimately shows how Wiesel was eventually able to restore hope and optimism and belief in others and to live with the enormous burden of pain that he carries. Many of the memoirs of the Holocaust such as have this same tone throughout them.
However, conflicts are also opportunities to re-evaluate values, attitudes or places to which we belong. Undoubtedly, wars bring the most obvious negative result: death and destruction which means loss of support and security to innocent people. The existence of Concentration Camps in WW2 symbolise the enormous life of life and freedom for 6 million Jews. The Vietnam and Korean Wars displaced millions of people to start life in a new country. These people not only lost their homes but a sense of identity and belonging as they became refugees and sought freedom and peace in a new land.
Many of the men who served in the war came back injured, and could not find employment. Some soldiers died while serving their country, thus leaving widows and their children to fend for themselves. Countries involved with the war were left to pay for the damages caused by the war, which caused inflation rates to rise, and poverty to increase. As a result of these difficult times, art was used to revolt against the culture and values which existed, with the intent to subvert and undermine those values. On the website Visual-Arts-Cork.com (Data Art Movement: History, Charicteristics, Artists), it is mentioned that Dada used outrageous tactics to attack the established traditions of art, and it used exhibitions of absurdist art deliberately designed to scandalize and shock both the authorities and the general public.